Commander Donald Leingang is a northwest native and recently retired as the Executive Officer at the Naval Station Everett. A helicopter pilot and former Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District Seattle, his distinguished 24-year Naval career includes leadership positions at the U.S. Naval Academy, Director of Air Warfare, Washington, D.C., and as the Operations Officer at Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He is a graduate of Oregon State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1984. In 2006, Leingang graduated from Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he earned his Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He reported onboard Naval Station Everett as Executive Officer in June 2006 with immediate duties organizing the Seattle Seafair. In 2008, Leingang retired from the Navy and immediately began duties as the Executive Director of the USO of the Puget Sound Area (USOPSA). During his military career, Leingang received the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6), the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as numerous unit and service awards.